With a high-energy crowd buzzing and bidding through the night, the annual Butler Community College Foundation Benefit Auction took in a record-shattering $140,000 Friday night – money that will be used to provide scholarships to Butler students in need.
Packing Butler’s premiere community gathering space in the Hubbard Welcome Center, “A Vintage Evening 2011” topped last year’s auction, showing a $20,000 increase over last year’s $120,000 tally.
The fourteenth annual event welcomed business and community leaders to support the mission and work of the Foundation and included a silent and live auction, a wine reception and dinner. The event was chaired by Jim and Nicole Stump.
Top-selling items included a red fox and squirrel taxidermy mount purchased for $9,500 by Lonnie and LaDonna Snook and an Italian dinner prepared by Butler president Jackie Vietti and husband Ray, that sold for $3,500.
Other noteworthy items auctioned off included an acoustic guitar signed by recording artist Taylor Swift, a California getaway, a Fly 50 4V Piaggio Scooter, scores of Butler Grizzlies sports memorabilia and a wide variety of fine art.
“This was a remarkable turnout and such a generous crowd of savvy donors who truly understand the impact Butler has on our community,” said Keri Myers, Butler Foundation director of development. “These supporters recognize that an investment in Butler truly and quickly makes a difference in the lives of our students.”
The annual Butler Benefit Auction helps Butler Community College empower students for learning and life, supporting student success through scholarships, staff support, and advocacy.
“Supporting Butler Community College through the Foundation is a great way to inspire student success, transform lives and empower our communities,” Myers said. “We were able to have a fun evening that raised significant dollars for student success at Butler.”
To see more of the faces who made Butler’s auction a success, check out Splurge Magazine’s coverage.